The City of Boise remains steadfast in our commitment to doing everything we can to ensure there is a home for everyone who chooses to live in this community. This includes our most vulnerable residents, those who are currently unhoused, and those who are on the brink of losing their home. We take this responsibility very seriously.
While we are actively working on developing permanent supportive housing to serve our neighbors experiencing homelessness, the winter weather presents a much more urgent need. The Our Path Home team, which includes City of Boise staff, has been working for several weeks on addressing these issues. Together, we have acted quickly to supplement the shelter beds available by:
- Opening a temporary winter warm up day shelter on December 22, 2021 for community members experiencing homelessness. The warming shelter, located at 511 S. Americana Boulevard in downtown Boise, is open through March 31, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. seven (7) days a week. Hot beverages will be provided.
- Contributing $10,000 in initial funding to the Inclement Weather Emergency Overflow Program. The program ensures that during severe weather events, the need for safe place for people experiencing homelessness is met.
- Tonight, our shelter operators, street outreach team, and the Boise Police Department are working together to ensure that every person on the street knows that they have options for a safe, warm place to go.
We will continue to stay in close coordination with our local shelter providers and partner agencies of Our Path Home, including the street outreach team. Having residents – our neighbors and fellow Boiseans – out in the cold is not an option. Immediate assistance is available by calling the Housing Crisis Hotline: 208-336-HOME (4663).